Magazine article Geographical

The Surfacing

Magazine article Geographical

The Surfacing

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THE SURFACING

by Cormac James, Sandstone Press, 8.99 [pounds sterling] (paperback)

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It is 1850 and Lieutenant Morgan finds himself in chilly, frequently frozen, northern waters. His ship, the Impetus, of which he is second-in-command, is searching for traces of the Franklin expedition to the Northwest Passage. Morgan is not in a terribly good mood and thinks back fondly to the previous year when he was enjoying the 'liquid jade' of the Aegean. The last thing he needs is an unwelcome complication, but there is a pregnant female stowaway and Morgan is the father of the unborn child.

At first, he worries about fulfilling his responsibilities: 'taking care of himself already felt an endless chore'. But then the babe is born. It 'looked like a mass of liver smeared in something like buttermilk', but it also awakened something in Morgan. There was a chance to be adored and 'for the first time in a long time, he heard a call to his better self. …

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